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Make Sure You Select the Right K500 Alloy

Selecting the right alloy for a marine project can mean the difference between successful management, poor performance and ultimately mechanical failure.

Alloy K500 is a nickel-copper alloy, precipitation hardenable through additions of aluminium and titanium. This alloy shows the corrosion resistant characteristics similar to Alloy 400 but with enhanced strength and hardness after precipitation hardening.   However, Alloy K500 can be further strengthened by cold working before the precipitation hardening. When placing an order for K500 it is imperative that you choose an alloy that has been treated for properties appropriate to the environment in which it will be placed. Our highly experienced team of experts will be only too happy to advise where we are able. Choosing the wrong type of K500 can lead to machining difficulties, processing delays and part failures.

We supply Alloy K500 material in both the Cold worked and Hot Worked & Aged condition to offer the best combination of excellent mechanical properties when working in sub-zero temperatures or elevated ones up to about 480C. It is these properties, along with Alloy K500’s very good corrosion resistance that makes it an excellent choice when operating in marine and chemical environments.

In addition Alloy K500 is non-magnetic, which makes it eminently suitable in the fabrication of propeller and pump shafts as well as pump and valve components used in the manufacturing of Perchlorethylene or chlorinated plastics. These are often critical machining parts which makes choosing the alloy that has been treated appropriately even more important.

We stock and supply Alloy K500 round bar to the full range of the following specifications:

UK Manufacturers Losing Millions Due to Late Deliveries

A recent survey has revealed that the UK manufacturing industry could be losing up to £166 million on any given day, due to the late delivery of essential raw materials. A key finding was that 11% of respondents believe that just one late delivery could cost them between £1,000 and £10,000; a figure that has stunned a leading manufacturers association.

The British Engineering Manufacturers’ Association Limited (BEMA) s a trade association set up to promote the interests of the engineering and manufacturing companies in the UK.

“We were surprised at the potential cost to industry that late delivery could be making. Many of our members work themselves to “just in time” principles to be efficient in today’s market place so having a trusted supplier of raw materials is of great importance,” said Ian Mynett, Director of Training at BEMA.

The survey asked firms how much they estimated they would lose if a key raw material was not delivered to the agreed time when ordered. The respondents were given a sliding scale to choose from of £0 to over £10,000 per late delivery.

The respondents came from all business sectors but the figures have been extrapolated to obtain a picture of the cost to UK manufacturers.

The survey was carried out by B2B research specialist TLF on behalf of international metals stockist Broder Metals Group. TLF count Nationwide, Barclaycard and the Cooperative Bank as clients. The survey was sent out to around 50’000 UK businesses on TLF’s database. Just over 2,000 responses were received to give the insight into how much late delivery is costing British industry.

The survey revealed that 8.1% of UK manufacturing companies estimate they could lose between £1,000 to £5,000 a day if a delivery of raw materials is late, whilst 3.5% may lose between £5,000 and £10,000. These figures have also revealed the cost these late deliveries can have on the UK’s manufacturing industry each day. If every manufacturer in the UK were to experience at least one late delivery of a key raw material it could cost the economy£166,038,750.

According to the Office for National Statistics there are approximately 126,000 businesses operating within the manufacturing industry, equating to 5.8% of all UK businesses.  Manufacturers often rely heavily on “just in time” deliveries and as such are exposed to substantial losses when raw materials are not delivered to schedule.

Mark Burton, Managing Director of Broder Metals Group says, “The figures revealed by the survey are extremely frightening in terms of the amount of money which can be lost by manufacturers who are under intense pressure to compete with foreign companies; it’s just scary how much is at stake. We make a commitment to delivering on time but we had no idea how much we could be saving customers by doing so. If this is the cost to UK manufacturers the losses to the whole of our industry must be immense.”

Broder Metals Group Ltd is based in Sheffield from where the group supplies specialist metals, alloys, flanges and valves to customers all over the world.  It stocks and delivers high specification metals including stainless steel, nickel alloys and copper-nickel bar. The company’s commitment to same or next day delivery saw it deliver 96% of their UK deliveries on-time last month.

Editors Notes

Editor’s Note : BEMA is an Engineering Trade Association set up to  encourage trade between member companies, promoting their interests to the wider engineering and manufacturing community, and through its hands-on approach in the provision of dedicated advice and training, it aims to strengthen members’ long-term prospects in the increasingly competitive global marketplace.

Order Your Alloy T41 Now to Avoid Disappointment

International metals stockist Broder Metals Group is advising fastener and bolting customers to place orders early for any Alloy T41 that they may require this spring and summer after being inundated with orders.

T41 is extensively used for bolting, fasteners and support rods, in turbine, boiler and power plant applications; particularly coal fired ones throughout the UK and Europe.

Earlier this year Broder issued a warning about a potential shortage of large diameter T41 but it has seen demand increase across all sizes and a recent run on stock suggests that manufacturers could end up struggling to secure orders for all diameters.

Broder Metals Group Managing Director, Mark Burton says the company is taking steps now to address the problems customers could face later this year.

“We have been inundated with orders for our Alloy T41, to the extent that we have very little small diameter stock left.  However we have purchase orders on hand for receipt in March and April, and have a meeting planned with the mill at which we will look to place orders to meet demand. We are advising customers to book orders with us now to reserve the stock coming in because if demand stays at this level we could easily be in the same situation again, “says Mark Burton.

Alloy T41 has undergone extensive testing and subsequent purchase by major power generation companies around the world.

Fastener Manufacturers Warned of Possible Alloy Shortage

International metals stockist Broder Metals Group is advising fastener and bolting manufacturers to prepare for a potential shortage of large diameter bars of Alloy T41.

T41 is extensively used for bolting, fasteners and support rods, in turbine, boiler and power plant applications, particularly coal fired, throughout the UK and Europe.

Broder Metals Group Managing Director, Mark Burton says that manufacturers could very quickly find themselves struggling to locate Alloy T41 bars in anything bigger than a 4.75” diameter following an announcement from the mill that supplies its Alloy stock.

“We have just been informed that BGH (our mill supplier) will be restricting its size range in future to up to and including 4.75“diameter. If a manufacturer comes to us with a request for T41 bars between 5” and 6“diameter, the mill will check to see if they can accommodate the order, but anything larger than 6” diameter will not be produced in future,” says Mark Burton.

Alloy T41 has undergone extensive testing and subsequent purchase by major power generation companies around the world.

“We currently have stocks of larger diameter T41 but once these are gone that is it. All of our current stock, which is specifically designed for use in elevated temperature areas, where good creep, notch and relaxation resistance is required is held in our warehouse ready for despatch. We pride ourselves on being able to supply whatever the client needs but with the mill now ceasing production of large diameter bars manufacturers could really struggle in future unless they make plans now,” says Mark Burton.

Broder Metals Group Shows Christmas Spirit

International metals stockist Broder Metals Group got in the Christmas spirit early by supporting the Mission Christmas children’s appeal.

Organised by The Moor Market in Sheffield, the appeal asked for Christmas presents that could be passed on to disadvantaged children in South Yorkshire to make their Christmas morning that little bit brighter.

Richard Learad from Broder organised the collection at the company’s offices in Ecclesfield. “Normally we do a Secret Santa in the office where we buy a random gift for another work colleague but this year we were struck by the Mission Christmas appeal and wanted to get involved. We all put in a fiver and between us we bought enough presents to put smiles on the faces of 15 children come Christmas Day. We hope lots of other businesses can do the same,” said Richard Learad.